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In memory of those who died in 9/11

In memory of those who died in 9/11

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A Link to Last Night’s Show

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Here’s a link to the podcast and some photos from last night’s Radio Hotline with Dennis Price. Scroll down until you get to May 12th.



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Thank You Dennis Price

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Thanks to Dennis Price for hosting the 30 for 30 Poetry Project on his show last night. It was a fun and interesting experience, as always. And thanks to Jo Balestreri, Robert Giron, Rinatt Montoya and Victoria Taylor for participating and doing a wonderful job.

A note of thanks, also, to Keri Hatch, English chair at Herndon Middle School, for escorting the students to the studio and for her efforts with the Herndon Middle School poetry contest.

Stay tuned for a link to an audio of last night’s show.

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Radio Hotline with Dennis Price

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Tonight at 8 PM ET, Dennis Price will host participants from this year’s 30 for 30 Poetry Project. Guests will include Robert Giron, Jo Balisteri, and two students from Herndon Middle School, Rinatt Montoya and Victoria Taylor as well as myself.

To listen to Radio Hotline with Dennis Price:

In Northern Virginia : Cox and Verizon digital cable channel 37

In Reston, Virginia : Comcast channel 27

Anywhere else in the world : http://www.radiofairfax.com

For mobile devices : http://tunein.com/radio/Radio-Fairfax-s24818

Thanks Dennis and thanks again to all who participated in this year’s 30 for 30 Project.



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Thank you Sistah Joy

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Thanks to Sistah Joy Alford for hosting me on her program, Sojourn With Words which will air on CTV in Prince George’s County.

Sistah Joy is a tireless activist whose poetry rings and who has supported poets from all walks of life in the Washington DC area.  The city would not be the same without her.

Have a look at her web site to get a taste for all that she does.

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Upcoming Events

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On Tuesday, May 12, at 8 PM EST, Dennis Price will be hosting some of the 30 for 30 poetry project participants on his radio program on Fairfax Public Radio.  Pariciaptns include Robert Giron, Jo Balisteri, two students from Herndon Middle School, Rinatt Montoya and Victoria Taylor, as well as me.  Tune in on the Internet by going to http://www.fcac.org/radio-fairfax

And on Saturday, May 16th, I will be doing a reading at Reston Used Book Shop at 2 PM.  Hope to see you there.



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May I have another Voted Favorite Poem

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Steve Herring’s “May I have another” has been voted the favorite poem in this year’s 30 for 30 Poetry Celebration. Congratulations Steve! Steve will be receiving a signed copy of my new poetry collection Garden of Rain.

Thanks to Steve and to all who contributed poems during the month of April and to everyone who took the time to read and comment.

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Announcing the Release of Garden of Rain

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I am pleased to announce the release of my new poetry collection, Garden of Rain (Le Jardin de Pluie) published by Aldrich Press.

Here is what is being said about the the book:

In Garden of Rain, Mike Maggio sweeps us up in his existential quest, beginning with: I’ve forgotten who I am. In the rest of the book, he seeks to uncover his lost identity through love encounters which ultimately result in palpable longing and loss. Searching for intimacy, but skeptical of disclosure, he asks, If I showed you my secrets…/Would you swiftly seize them/drag them to your righteous court/for all to persecute and see? Nothing is fixed; the world is filled with shifting shadows. He tells us…most of the time/ I just lay back/and let life’s fine face/meander across my vision. Finally, Maggio’s finely-honed language brings him to this conclusion: …listen to your soul/let life’s mysteries fill you with song….Yes, indeed!

—Nancy Scott, author of Running Down Broken Cement

Mike Maggio’s poetry should be lingered over. His voice is both refreshing and deeply disturbing, both lyrical and stark. His is a rich world of mostly unrequited love, a world that is both magical but firmly rooted in urban reality: a woman offering a plate of brownies on a stairwell; a green bowl that s not green but black and red; a sky that becomes a dusky mirror for passing love. Social issues are infused with jasmine, peppered with an awareness of nature that surrounds us. Love itself is measured in contraceptives (“It’s in your IUD”), cooking (“It’s in your soup”) and plain boredom (“It’s in your TV”) but never taken for granted.  Maggio says it like it really is. You only need to listen.

— Joanna Chen, Poet, Journalist, Translator

Mike Maggio invites us into his haunted garden, his dreamscapes of injustice, love, loss, the everyday (magazines, TV, soup) and the eternal (the moon – a “paper cutout,” “a victim,” “an imposter”). On the one, he confesses that “The truth is/I forget I love you,” but elsewhere has the nerve to start a poem with “My love,” and go on to defeat the cliché of it. Despite the “mess of our lives we make,” he finds a way to keep going, and offers it to us: “The sun is burning a hole in my door,” he tells us, and we keep on reading.

— Marian Kaplun Shapiro, Senior Poet Laureate of Massachusetts

Garden of Rain is a wry voyage in which the sublime, like disaster, is always ahead and behind, in memory and expectation. It lets us know experience stalks innocence. Innocence haunts experience, leading to his conclusion: “I suppose that’s what happens / once you’ve been to the moon.” A beautiful book, filled with direct, lyrical images. I’d like to go again.

–Joe Hall, author of The Devotional Poems

Signed copies of Garden of Rain can be ordered directly from the author:

 The book is also available from Amazon.com.

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How to Vote for Your Favorite Poem

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I noticed that many of you are commenting on the poem you wish to vote for which is fine but that does not mean your vote gets tallied. So please follow this procedure:

In order to vote for your favorite poem, look at the Poll on the right hand side of the page. All the poems will be listed. Simply click on the poem you want to vote for and your vote will be automatically tallied.

Your comments are also welcome.

Thanks for your participation.

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Vote For Your Favorite Poem

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The 30 for 30 Poetry Celebration, along with National Poetry Month, is now finished and it’s now time to vote. Please vote for your favorite poem of those that were posted during the month of April. You may vote for only one poem. The poem that garners the most votes will receive a copy of my new poetry collection, Garden of Rain.

Thanks to all the fine poets who participated and to all those whos read and commented throughout tthe month.

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